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Golden shiner/minnow shortage in CA!!!

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Anyone know where I can get 150-200 ‘extra large’ minnows (golden shiners), about 3.5 to 4 inchers? It seems Northern California’s major supplier is out of all but ‘medium’ size, which are the tiny ones used for crappie. I’ve called everywhere in the Central Valley on down to Bakersfield; tried all of the little delta towns, and foothill towns near reservoirs. Nada.
 

Any ideas or sources are welcome. Willing to drive up to 200 miles from Sac area (400 miles round trip).

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A good friend of mine guides up on the Sac river and had this issue starting to show itself back in april when we were drifting minnows on the river.  He had to switch gears with his guiding strategy.  I think its going to be an issue that wont be solved this year.  I heard all the shiners come from the midwest somewhere and the guy or the place that supplies them had a bad die off or something and the whole west coast, among other places, will be short this year. 

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